Broadford RSL Reopens

Broadford RSL Reopens

Victoria Minister for Housing Wendy Lovell

New Broadford RSL Rises From The Ashes

Victor P Taffa

The Broadford community, including local veterans and their families, was out in force today to celebrate the completion of the new Broadford RSL Hall which replaces the previous hall destroyed by fire in 2008.

Representing the Minister for Veterans’ Affairs, Hugh Delahunty, Member for Northern Victoria and Minister for Housing, Children and Early Childhood Development, Wendy Lovell, joined a cast of dignitaries including Prime Minister Julia Gillard and President of the Victorian RSL, Major General David McLachlan, at the official re-opening ceremony of the much-loved community landmark.

“RSL clubs play a vital role in the lives of so many veterans and their families, especially in regional communities, such as Broadford.” Ms. Lovell said.

 

“When the Broadford RSL building burnt down in 2008, this community lost more than an important facility. A number of valued community treasures were lost during the fire, including World War 1 service medals and a plaque dedicated to the Rats of Tobruk, but what wasn’t destroyed was this community’s true ANZAC spirit.”

“The last three years have seen the community come together in true ANZAC spirit and play a major role in driving the effort to rebuild the hall, including a fundraising appeal which was launched in April 2008 and has raised around $200,000.” Ms. Lovell said.

Ms. Lovell said the new building, which features a community hall complete with kitchen facilities, accessible bathrooms, and meeting rooms, would provide a fantastic new home for the RSL, and display veteran memorabilia and stories that the previous fire failed to destroy.

“The former Victorian Government provided $250,000 towards this new facility and the Victorian Coalition Government has been fully supportive of this fantastic project.” Ms. Lovell said.

“The new facility also provides new opportunities for Broadford residents to re-connect with their ANZAC heritage and each other through the RSL and the various community groups that will now operate from the new hall.”

“I’d like to take this opportunity to commend the Federal Government, Broadford RSL, the Broadford community, and everyone else involved in the project.” Ms. Lovell said.